group will meet monthly in members' houses, and is currently
limited to members possessing reasonable skills in photography,
emailing, and the ability to store pictures on a computer.
The emphasis will be on sharing skills and experience with each other,
as well as working on practical projects each month.
A group leader has still to be decided.
THAT THE GROUP HAS A FULL COMPLEMENT AT PRESENT. ENQUIRIES FOR
THE WAITING LIST CAN BE MADE TO WALTER MASON
Six members had an interesting meeting at Walter Mason’s house.
First, a competition of photo prints “Foreign Places”, in
which Diane Saxon claimed 1st and 2nd, with a striking shot in Cologne
Station, and an evocative misty mountain view of the top of Hahnenkamm
Then, Walter showed
several different methods of controlling slide shows in Windows XP and
Picassa, projected on a wall, including a mixture of static and movie
pictures in Picassa. Limitations of the Picassa system were also
pointed out. Lastly, a short demonstration was given to two of the
group, of how to attach pictures to emails.
Walter Mason hosted the October meeting at short notice, with a nearly
full complement of 8 members (Sam was unwell). 23 flower pictures
were displayed, and voted on – 1st Walter Mason, 2nd Eric Smith.
Then many of the pictures (see collage) were projected and discussed
for their good and less good features. Later this was
supplemented by internet guidance on flower photography; carry a
kneeler, a reflector and a water spray (to mimic dew) were amongst the
tips, and to take pictures on bright cloudy days, not sunny ones.
The group talked about some of their problems and expectations for
future meetings, and a rota of house meetings and picture subjects were
chosen for a 2013 – 14 programme.
Diane Saxon hosted our November meeting, which started with a
display of “Autumn Tints” photos – 1st Diane
Saxon (trees), 2nd Brian Beck (leaves) and a display of the emailed
entries for discussion. Then we arranged various still life objects on
a table for a communal photo-shoot. Lastly Diane gave an interesting
demonstration of layering – superimposing pictures on top of each
other. It was agreed to hold the next meeting on 17th December in
Walter Mason’s house, when our competition would compare our
still life pictures.
6 met at Walter’s house, starting with a double competition on
still life pictures. In the first, (pictures of set still life
objects taken at Diane’s house in November), 1st Walter Mason,
2nd Fred Goodier. In the second, (pictures taken of own objects
at leisure at home), 1st and 2nd Brian Beck. We continued by
discussing the difficulties we had all had whilst photographing still
life objects, particularly with bright sunlight, impedence from the
other photographers and trying to keep the object sharp with background
diffuse. Later the group agreed to alter the March subject to a
technical challenge using camera speed and aperture settings so as to
compare multiple pictures of a single subject taken fron the same
position. Then it was a quick mince pie each before breaking for
still life entries
Set still life